Aug. 19, 2018

Vol. 7, No. 33


In this Issue…

News and Announcements
Legislative Update
Sick Leave Ordinance Approved
Dr. Gerardo Ortega Honored
BCMS Medical Classifieds

BCMS Circle of Friends Sponsors

BBVA Compass Bank
Network Alliance

Legislative Update

BCMS Legislative & Socioeconomics Committee busy with candidate visits


The BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee, under the direction of chairman, Alex Kenton, MD, has been busy all year visiting with candidates for office and with current officeholders seeking re-election.  From the start of the year with the primary elections to the present, with the runoff election for Senate District 19, committee members have visited with candidates vying for seats in the state legislature and the courts to discuss health and medicine issues of importance to patients and physicians. Most recently, committee members met on Aug. 15 with Republican candidate for Senate District 19, Pete Flores, a retired state game warden and Justice Marialyn Barnard, who is seeking re-election to the Fourth Court of Appeals, Place 2.


The runoff election for Senate District 19 is scheduled for Sept. 18 with early voting beginning on Sept. 10.  As previously reported in this column, Pete Flores faces Democrat Pete Gallego, former state representative and congressman in the race to fill the seat previously held by former Senator Carlos Uresti.


For local discussion on this and other legislative advocacy topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava, chief government affairs officer at

Sick Leave Ordinance Approved

San Antonio City Council approves paid sick leave ordinance

By W. Scott Bailey  – Senior Reporter, San Antonio Business Journal

The San Antonio City Council on Thursday adopted an ordinance mandating that employers within the city provide paid sick time to workers.

The amendment to the city’s health code requires employers in San Antonio to let workers accrue such paid time off — one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked — to use if they or a family member become sick or injured; are victims of stalking, domestic abuse or sexual assault; or otherwise require medical, mental or preventive care.

The San Antonio City Council's decision, by a 9-2 vote, follows a similar vote by the Austin City Council in February. That 9-2 vote triggered immediate criticism from some state lawmakers, who have vowed to enact legislation to negate the Capital City ordinance.

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Dr. Gerardo Ortega Honored








Dr. Lynnette Watkins, Tenet Chief Medical Officer- Texas Market, recognized PVA Vascular Surgeon, Dr. Gerardo Ortega, for organizing and chairing the 2018 Wound Care Conference. 

This annual conference started 17 years ago and has provided continuing education to medical providers throughout the region.




BCMS Medical Classifieds

Be sure and check out the Medical Classifieds section on the BCMS web page.


Medical Equipment

Job Opportunities

Practice Opportunities

Circle of Friends Platinum Sponsor


Circle of Friends Gold Sponsors



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BCMS to continue to provide quality service to its members.


The society continues its pledge to you and only will involve itself in

services and programs that benefit you, the member, and your patients.



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